Need a little inspiration today? Here you go:
Seven or eight years, when I was pregnant with #4, Kevin and I went to Fredericksburg for a couple of days alone. Just a quick get-away before a new baby turned life topsy-turvy. We stayed in a darling little Sunday house with a pool in the backyard, ate yummy food and wandered around the quaint little streets of town. (obviously, I planned this trip!)
There's a store on the corner of Main called The Secret Garden. This particular trip they had all these darling pictures made of vintage buttons and quilt tops and each was embroidered with a cute little quote or folksy phrase. After deliberating for over an hour, this is the one I chose. Isn't this precious? I had never paid so much for a piece of artwork before! We didn't have much money the first half of our marriage and those thrifty ways die hard, you know? I just knew I WANTED one of these and my sweet husband said, "Well, pick out the one you want". (I LOVE when he says that!)
I have to say, this is probably one of my favorite things in my house. Unfortunately, I never knew who made it. It's not signed in any way and no one at the store knew either. It was obviously hand-made but by whom?
I'm happy to say that on this last trip to Fredericksburg the lady working at The Secret Garden the day I was there knew the artist's name. Of course, I immediately came home and looked her up. Her name is Mary Teeter and she is 88 years old! I'm not sure exactly how long she has been making her Buttonworks, but I believe mine is one of the earlier pieces because it is made of obviously vintage materials. (most of the more recent pieces use newer materials) She is evidently very prolific and releases at least one new collection each year. Go here if you want to check them out!
So, the moral of the story is: It's never too late to start creating. Even if you don't know what your creative "style" or "niche" is yet, just keep creating and you'll figure it out someday. I think the thing I have to remind myself of most is that the process is sometimes more important than the finished product, you know?
"It is never too late to be what you might have been" George Eliot